UPDATE: Benson attorney general website attackedby Dara Kam | August 24th, 2010
The site was not hacked, which means the culprits did not gain access to the server, Doughtie, owner of Taproot Creative, clarified.
What happened was in the geek world called a “brute force attack,” Doughtie explained, designed to either shut the website down or hack into it. Neither happened, Doughtie said.
“They basically just jammed up the server so the server slowed down a crawl,” he said.
The attack came from Tallahassee, a source close to Benson’s campaign said, and Doughtie’s busy trying to identify who was behind the dirty deed.
GOP attorney general candidate Holly Benson’s website crashed last night after being
hacked, her campaign said.
The attack on the eve before today’s primary election did not result in any security breach, according to her website consultant.
“Yesterday, Hollybenson.com was the victim of a brute force attack where one or more individuals attempted to overload the server with the purpose of taking it offline. We quickly identified the issue, narrowed the source of the attack, and were able to restore access with little downtime. At no time was the security of the website breached, and no information was compromised. We are conducting an ongoing investigation with regard to the source and the intent of the attack on the website,” Sean Doughtie, Benson’s new media campaign consultant, said.